Paleo Indians also
referred to as Clovis people.
And comes from the
Greek word Palaios.
Inhabited the United States & Mexico between 10,000 & 40,000 years.
Paleos left very
little records of their lives. Archeologists have very little information about
Paleo Indians beliefs, religion, language, celebrations, mournings, ceremonies,
and culture such as dance and family relationships. The Paleos became extinct
9,000 years ago, taking with them the secrets of their existence.
When the Paleos
first began hunting, they hunted smaller animals. But they are known for
inventing arrowheads with stone points that could be thrown by using an atlatl.
Tribes of Paleo Indians may have even worked together to herd larger game over a
cliff, killing them for food. In addition to the game they trapped or killed,
the Paleo Indians also ate seeds, fruits, roots, and possibly even insects. They
used animal skin and plants for clothing.
Little is known
about the culture of the Paleos, archeologists have formulated a few
ideas on the lives of Paleo Indians. Archaeologists believe Paleo
Indians were nomadic people who were hunters-gatherers. They traveled in
tribes of between 20 and 50 people, with their belongings on their back.
They often wanted shelter in caves, but occasionally built rough
shelters from brush and animal skin. They decided where to camp
depending on where the animals, such as mastodons, bison, caribou, and